Degrees and Certifications:

MS in Counseling (Southern Methodist University) BA in Spanish for Language Teaching (University of Texas at Austin)

Ms. Maria del Mar Ortiz


I go by Señorita Ortiz and I am the LOTE Department Chair. I have been part of the Plano West Wolfpack since I first started teaching in 2009. That year I taught Spanish 3 in the mornings at West and Spanish 3H in the afternoons at Plano Senior. The following three years I taught Spanish 2H and 3H at Shepton. I rejoined the Wolfpack in the 2013-2014 school year. I am also a certified school counselor, but my love for teaching has kept me in the classroom.

I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to Texas at the age of 14. I love teaching the Spanish language and culture, but I enjoy learning from my students just as much! I am a life-long learner, a world traveler, a cat and dog lover, and an advocate of kindness. I hope that my class motivates students to continue learning and using Spanish, and that it promotes a Global Citizen mentality. 

Go Wolfpack!

  • Class Schedule

    1st period: Spanish 4AP
    2nd period: Spanish 4AP
    3rd period: Spanish 4AP
    4th period: Conference
    5th period: Department Head
    6th period: Spanish 4AP
    7th period: Spanish 4AP

  • Tutorials 
    Wednesdays → 4:30 pm
    Thursday → Lunch
    By appointment

    Office hours
    Mondays → 1:30pm - 3:00pm